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Here on the Costa’s golf is one of the biggest leisure time activities for both tourists and resident alike and with this in mind we have secured the services of Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services to provide a weekly round up of local golfing events and topics and in conjunction with us at THE LEADER will provide discounted golf prices to all of our readers and run our golf competitions.

‘Trouble Shots’

No matter how hard you practise you will be confronted on the golf course by interesting circumstances caused by outside influences or just plain bad luck.

How do you react?

Do you moan and curse your bad luck, give up and wish that you were not on the golf course at all or do you make the best of the challenge facing you and try to get the best result that you can?

If you are armed with adequate information on how the ball will react in these circumstances you will be better prepared from a mental perspective to play the shot with more confidence.

Let us consider just a few of these interesting scenarios:

Ball in a sanded divot on the fairway

You will be left scratching your head when a perfect drive finishes in a divot but you must have a positive outlook on a negative situation.

The sanded divot is just a mini bunker on the fairway and the shot should be executed as a bunker shot.

Take one extra club, swing smoothly, play the ball slightly further back in the stance, swing slightly steeper on the backswing and concentrate on keeping the lower half of your body quiet through the shot.

Mud on the ball

Even if you have played the game of golf for a long time you should not question the fairness of this situation.

However the key to handling this event is to understand how the mud affects ball flight.

As a rule of thumb, the ball will go in the opposite direction to the mud.

If the mud is on the left of the ball it will tend to go to the right and visa versa

The added complication is that the harder you hit the ball the more it spins and will veer even further off line.

The answer is to allow for the change in flight with your alignment, take one extra club, swing smoothly and do not quit on the shot.

Partially submerged ball in a water hazard

If your ball is in a hazard and under water take your medicine, the penalty shot and get on with the game.

However when the ball is only partly submerged, you will have an urge to play it from the hazard but this usually end with you soaking wet and the ball still in the water.

It is not the most difficult shot if you apply the correct technique.

Take off your shoes and socks, put on the waterproof suit and play the shot like an explosion bunker shot.

Open the stance and club face, position the ball forward in the stance, hinge the wrists early on the backswing, focus on a spot one inch behind the ball and swing 50% harder than normal and do not quit on the shot.

If you follow these simple instructions the shots will not appear quite as daunting and can even appear fun at times

We at THE LEADER are committed to providing to our golfing readers affordable golf without the need to join a club or apply for a card but simply contact the number below to have instant access to discounted golf prices, many of which are exclusive to us.

The deals shown in the table are some of the best currently available to you until 31/05/17:

Golf Course Price Comments
Alenda €104 Two Players and Buggy
Alicante €82 Two Green Fees and Buggy (after 12.00pm)
Altorreal €86 Two Players and Buggy
Bonalba €90 Two Players and Buggy
Don Cayo (Altea) €94 Two Players and Buggy
El Plantio €112 Two Players and Buggy (after 12pm)
Font Del Llop €80 Two Players and Buggy
La Finca €110 Two Players and Buggy
La Marquesa €38 Single Green Fee
La Serena €92 Two Players and Buggy
Las Colinas €136 Two Players and Buggy
Las Ramblas €94 Two Players and Buggy
Lo Romero €176 Four Players and Two Buggies
New Sierra Golf €70 Two Green Fees and Buggy
Roda €85 Two Players and Buggy (after 1pm)
Villamartin €102 Two Players and Buggy
Villaitana Levante €90 Two Green Fees and Buggy
Vistabella €62 Two Players and Buggy (weekends)

For Bookings and more information contact Mike at info@costa-blanca-greenfees.com or direct on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 quoting reference LEADER.

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